I’ve been honest about my theological journey now it’s time to get candid about my political journey. I’ve learned retrospectively that my politics has often been tethered by the association to whatever camp I felt more kin with, subconsciously or mindfully. We are after all social creatures and our political views by no means emerge from a social vacuum. As my theological views became more liberal and secular while simultaneously hanging more with the more liberally minded, I found myself exclusively drawn to their framing of what’s wrong in our societies and the so-called necessary and drastic solutions of disrupting the power strongholds of our world. I’m also aware that religious conservativism and theological conservativism often go hand in hand but there are obviously always exceptions to such conventions. The sense of belonging that comes from being accepted by your political tribe is deeply affirming and one is often petrified at the thought of becoming a castaway. I’ve never thought of myself captive to that sense of belonging especially given my willingness to go on record for standing firm on my previous theological shifts in the face of backlash.
But there is something that much more costly about disembarkment from left-liberal politics for the black intellectual.
There is a kind of defiance that it represents that demands explanation. Because the entire popular worldview of the black elites, black thought leaders, academia and the entertainment industry is baptized in the authority of leftist political rhetoric. By taking a journey of introspection, critical analysis of my presuppositions, and a deeper look into political theory, I have gained much-needed insight into what I found dissatisfying about the premise of so much of liberal Left ideology and why I could no longer blindly support so much of its societally saturated rhetoric.
I think the Left has leveraged the maximum capital out of victimhood in a way that undermines true impartial justice for all and prevents the disinherited from walking in the fullness of their liberty by their own self-determination.
This is at least in part due to the way the Left has majorly polarised black conversations on the hot potato topics of our culture and any disagreement with Leftist ideals makes you a sellout, bigot, oppressor or further victim of internalized oppression. We are victims by default and instructed to barter a degree of assistance from our oppressors based on leverage from our particular intersections of disadvantage. Everything is refracted and deconstructed through the distorted lens of who is more oppressed and we draw conclusions on who is right based on those premises. We incessantly hear about power dynamics from the Left, that certain groups of people are undeservingly elite and inherently own and operate power exclusively to harness wealth and success and that everyone else falls down some descending ladder of oppression depending on their shade of melanin, gender presentation, sexuality, and more to be added as we discover new ways to exploit victimhood based on our differences and discrepancies of outcome. Power is inherently evil by default in the hands of Conservatives, Christians, whites, the rich or otherwise elite according to the leftist narrative that I once parroted without considering the merits of such loaded assumptions and sweeping generalizations. This has left so many of us unable to understand how to use power in a constructive and strategic way as the destruction of power has been the modus operandi of Leftist ideology.
One of the most grievous things you can do to a victim of misfortune and unfair treatment is make them believe they are powerless to overcome those setbacks primarily by their own self-determination due to an inherent belief their destiny was and is to be oppressed due to certain inherited factors. While historic oppression is a reality, there has been a concerted Leftist effort to disempower certain groups of people through the powerless victim narrative even beyond the scope of measurable impact from oppression. This has created a rehearsed sense of helplessness, hypersensitivity, reactive/anticipatory grumbling, inertia towards change and unwillingness to accept any in-group responsibility for moving forward. If this isn’t already tragic enough, the oppressors become the “superior class” as they are pedestalized as the only source of salvation for their helpless victims to be able to overcome. The quintessential example of a self-fulfilling prophecy if there ever was one. This reinforces the imagined supremacy of one group and the actual inferiority complex of another. It’s sad to witness the extent to which people can manifest or camouflage an inferiority complex but eventually, it wears its victim out to the point of total despairing, attention-seeking, external dependance, justifying in-group moral compromise for political expediency and an irrational hatred for anyone or anything that is perceived to be associated with the “oppressor class”.
I think there comes a time when you decide to think for yourself and realizing no camp has all the right political methodology or ideology despite what their spokespeople claim. I am on a journey of disabusing myself of a lot of the excuses I imbibed and regurgitated for what’s wrong in black society today and where the political solutions necessarily lie. I understand and lament that this will lead to a loss of friendships as most people seem only to care about you or your voice when you virtue signal their political values on cue. I have come to embrace that as the sobering consequence of telling an inconvenient truth in a culture that places a higher value on political expediency than uncompromising sincerity and has no room for black disembarkment from the inevitable train wreck of hard leftist political agendas.
Those who disembark must mind the gap.